By Anna Skinner
Texas Hold ‘Em novices and experts alike will have a second chance this year to compete for a top prize of $10,000 and a total payout of $25,000 at the semi-annual Westfield Lions Poker Tournament for Sight.
Winnings go to the top 25 finishers, and Brian Abraham said the Lions Club expects 300 to 350 participants.
“We use the money to pay for community service and scholarships for students. We contribute to veterans, and there’s a couple different places we contribute to,” said Abraham, chairman of the Lion Club’s poker committee. “We have first-time players who have won and are not professionals at all. Professional players also play and win, of course.”
Three qualifying sessions will be held 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to midnight Nov. 18, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 19. The final round is set for 6 p.m. to midnight Nov. 19. Buy-in costs $135 with walk-ins allowed. Participants who don’t qualify can register for another qualifying session for an additional $80. The event will take place at the Hamilton County Fairgrounds, 2003 Pleasant St., Noblesville. Abraham advises walk-ins arrive an hour before the qualifying sessions.
“It’s the largest poker tournament in the Midwest,” Abraham said. “There aren’t any other large ones we know of that are for a nonprofit organization. What happens is we pay out to the top 25 places just over $25,000. First place gets $10,000, and it goes down from there. Then we usually make for the community between $20,000 and $35,000 as profit. It goes right back into the community to fund our programs and scholarships and things like that.”
After the tournament, Abraham said the professional poker tables will be sold for $150 apiece, as the club plans to replace them.
For more, visit westfieldlions.org.